|Dr Maggie Kirkman |
Maggie Kirkman joined the Centre in 2000 and completed her National Health and Medical Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship on psychosocial aspects of donor-assisted conception in 2004.
Her PhD explored women¿s experiences of infertility, using a novel application of narrative theory. As a result of her research in infertility and assisted reproduction, Maggie was made a governor of ACCESS Australia National Infertility Network. She is a consultant to the Victorian Infertility Treatment Authority (ITA), and has contributed to the recent deliberations of the Victorian Law Reform Commission on legislation about assisted reproduction and adoption. Maggie is a chief investigator (with Professor Doreen Rosenthal and Louise Johnson of the ITA) on a new project for devising ways of helping parents tell their adolescent children that they were donor-conceived, funded by the Department of Human Services.
Other areas in which Maggie has conducted research include siblings of disabled children; GPs and their HIV-positive patients; young mothers; parent-adolescent communication about sexuality; and adolescent sexuality and condom usage.
In addition to her projects on donor assisted conception, Maggie is Research Director of the ARC funded study Understanding women¿s experiences of unplanned pregnancy and abortion, a collaborative project with the Royal Women¿s Hospital.
Maggie convenes and teaches the Research Methodology course at CWHGS as well as contributing lectures in other subjects; she also supervises PhD and Master¿s Degree students.
Maggie is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.For more information including Maggie's qualifications, publications, research grants and classifications, visit Find an Expert.